Conception Bay South
The town is on the southern shore of Conception Bay on the Avalon Peninsula. The town is part of the St. John's Metropolitan Area and most residents are employed in the nearby cities of St. John's or Mount Pearl.
Conception Bay provided ample fishing grounds for some time in its history. Lobster trapping is also a common sight.
HistoryConception Bay South was formed in 1973 through the amalgamation of nine communities (Topsail, Chamberlains, Manuels, Long Pond, Foxtrap, Kelligrews, Upper Gullies, Lawrence Pond and Seal Cove) all of which follow the coastline of Conception Bay.
The early residents, mainly English but some Irish, were attracted by good growing land, abundant supplies of firewood and the more temperate climate as compared to other parts of the Avalon Peninsula. Good communication with St. John's was established by road in the 1830s and strengthened in the 1880s with the arrival of the railway. Residents of Conception Bay South grew crops and raised cattle for the St. John's market and St. John's residents established summer homes in Conception Bay South.
There is taxi service from nearby St. John's, Mount Pearl and Paradise, but there is no public transit.
The town is 30 km from St. John's International Airport which receives flights from Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Europe. The town's harbour is in the Long Pond area and hosts many cruise ships over the summer months.
CBS Taxi Ltdphone: +1 709 700-4516
Topsail BeachOne of the nicest sunsets in the metro St. John's area can be viewed from this cozy suburban beach.
Manuel's River Hibernia Interpretation Centrephone: +1 709 834-2099address: 7 Conception Bay HwyInterpretation centre, walking trails, trilobites in the shaple. A portion of the trails are wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. French interpretation services by request — call ahead. The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre has an elevator.
Fishermen's Museum and Porter Housephone: +1 709 786-3912address: Hibb's Cove, Port de GraveThe Porter House is furnished much as it was when it was built and is a typical fisherman's home of that period. Artifacts include fishing equipment, tools, kitchen utensils, and models of various types of boats used in the inshore fishery. Special events at the museum include slide presentations of old scenes of Port-de-Grave, demonstrations of carding and spinning wool, matting and net-making. Giftshop. Wheelchair accessible (museum only).
phone: +1 709 834-5151address: 108 Greenslades RdLearn to sail or dock your boat.
Manuels River Linear ParkThe trilobite fossil beds found in the park are similar to those found in southern Spain and Portugal and northern Africa, but different from those found in western Newfoundland. This was a key in establishing the theory of plate tectonics, or continental drift.
The Kelligrews SoireeThere are several full days of activities and events for the entire family, including the Kelligrews Soiree folk festival and garden party.
The Admirals' Coast scenic routeIt follows Route 60 along the western and southern shore of Conception Bay between Marysvale to Paradise, and provides excellent views over the bay.
phone: +1 709 722 7234address: 17 Stanley's RoadPrivate boat charters, diving, kayaking, culinary tours, culture, history and adventure.
Berg's Famous Ice Creamphone: +1 709 834-4674
Vio's Bistrophone: +1 709 834-3339address: 705 Conception Bay Hwy, KelligrewsPastas, steak, seafood, schnitzel, burgers, fish and chips.
phone: +1 709 834-2115address: 187 Conception Bay HwyChinese food, fish and chips.
phone: +1 709 834-9059address: 2546 Topsail RdFish and chips, chicken and fries, wings and fries, burger and fries.
phone: +1 709 834-4674address: 29-57 Conception Bay HwyIce cream shop that does not sell fish and chips.
Shenanigans Irish Pub and Hooligans Sports Barphone: +1 709 834-5554address: 538 Conception Bay HwyLive music, pub food, sports.
phone: +1 709 834-6221address: 936 Conception Bay HwyContinental breakfast included. Family, group & senior rates (ID required for senior rates). On-site lounge.